The Cold War: The Causes Of The Cuban Missile Crisis

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The Cuban missile Crisis was a tense period in the Cold War that lasted from October 16, 1962 to October 28, 1962, that started when the U.S.S.R. put missiles on the island of Cuba. U.S. President John F, Kennedy, and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev both battled to have nuclear superiority over one another and to try to resolve the conflict, which resulted in a U.S. victory having the missiles on Cuba being removed and a strengthened image for President Kennedy and the United States as a whole
On October 15, 1962, a 13-day political and military standoff began that is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. After The Cuban Revolution the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro began to anger American officials because he executed people who resisted him and
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So the U.S. had an invasion planned by the Eisenhower administration but it had not been launched. Newly elected President John F. Kennedy felt that it would be a mistake to cancel an operation designed by the previous administration. However, Kennedy would not allow U.S. troops or U.S. air support to back up the invasion. It was a grave mistake. On April 17, 1961, the rebels landed on the Bay of Pigs on the south side of Cuba. The invasion was quickly domed because of no U.S. air support. It was an embarrassment for the new president Kennedy and it showed what many people thought he was, young, inexperienced, and soft on The Communist problem. Many people attacked him for missing such a good opportunity to remove Fidel Castro from power. Nikita Khrushchev saw that Kennedy did not supply planes and troops as a sign of instability and weakness in him and he urged to press him to make mistakes to make the Soviet Union and Communism look stronger to the world than the U.S. and Capitalism. Kennedy and the CIA planned another operation to try to remove Castro form power. The operation was called Operation Mongoose. The purpose was to weaken the Cuban government through sabotage and other means but they…show more content…
The U.S. military wanted an invasion but Kennedy countered saying it would be a bloody and terrible battle for both sides coming off with fresh wounds from World War 2. Both sides really did not want a war to begin and both superpowers were trying to get the upper hand in the arms race. But negotiations kept going and President Kennedy and Khrushchev both sent letters and radio messages to try to resolve the conflict before war sprung. Thus, the most tense part began wan both sides readied their armies because they thought war would happen. The doomsday clock had begun. However, the Kennedy administration worked hard. Even Kennedy’s brother Robert Kennedy negotiated with the Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin They negotiated through the night and reached an agreement that could possible benefit both sides. Robert Kennedy stated that the U.S. would call off the quarantine if the Soviet Union would remove the missiles from Cuba and stop their shipments to it. First, they needed to make sure the leaders approved and revised it so no miscommunications would happen and someone would get the wrong idea and begin world nuclear war. President Kennedy said something a little more different. He said the U.S. would call off the quarantine and promise not to invade Cuba if the Soviet Union disassemble the missiles on the island and remover them under U.N. (United Nations) inspection. Khrushchev also wanted to have the U.S. remove their
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